Gibson Dunn picks up Skadden partner for litigation boost

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has turned to Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom for the hire of litigation and arbitration partner Penny Madden in London.

Madden has been a lawyer at Skadden for some time and was made up last year (23 April 2012). She focuses on all aspects of international arbitration and has represented clients before arbitral tribunals in a number of jurisdictions. 

Gibson Dunn has made a number of high-profile hires for its London contentious team over the years, most notably that of former Lord Chancellor Charles Falconer (8 July 2008).

The firm blamed large litigation matters for its 11 per cent fall in revenue in London last year (14 March 2013), with Tom Budd, the co-partner in charge of the office, saying its heavy use of paralegals and contract lawyers had eaten into turnover.

Gibson Dunn chair and managing partner Ken Doran said the firm was focused on expanding its disputes capacity, particularly for international arbitration.